Google Slides for iOS and Android received a major update. The new version of the productivity app now supports Chromecast and AirPlay, thus making it easy for users to present on just about any screen with no wires.
Once you begin casting the presentation on a compatible device, the screen of your smartphone or tablet acts like a companion. Read more »
Farmers take note – Rovio has reached expert levels at milking things, pushing its Angry Birds cash cow into new territory. The new Angry Birds Fight! ditches the physics-based gameplay and switches to the “match three” mechanic popularized by the likes of Candy Crush Saga.
The game brings back the cute, animated characters with lively animations and sounds, which is perhaps the game’s biggest asset. Read more »
Continuity is undoubtedly on of Apple’s coolest features of late. For anyone not familiar with the technology, it lets you handle your calls and text messages on your Mac, iPad or Apple Watch. Up until now, however, this was only possible if the two devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
This is definitely cool, but kind of limiting. With iOS 9, Apple has extended the feature and your iPhone no longer needs to be connected to the same network as your other Apple tech for Continuity to work. In fact, your handset doesn’t even have to maintain a Wi-Fi connection, as the system now works over any stable data connection. Read more »
Apple confirmed that it is hard at work on building its own mapping database with street view. The Cupertino giant is currently relying on third-party data for Apple Maps.
The Silicone Valley heavyweight has a number of camera-toting vehicles around the world that collect street view imaging data. Read more »
Yesterday, Apple announced a new app in iOS 9 called Apple Wallet, which replaced the previous Passbook app on the iPhone. The previous Passbook app was a place to keep all your coupons, gift cards, boarding passes, and tickets but with Wallet Apple now allows you to have merchant rewards and store-issued cards as well.
This means that you can have your, say, Starbucks card in your phone’s Wallet app just like you would a credit card or debit card and the next time you use Apple Pay at Starbucks the Wallet app would use the Starbucks card instead of your credit or debit card, so you can avail of any reward points that may come with using that card without having to actually use the physical card. Read more »
When Apple unveiled iOS 9 at its Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday, one of the new features that wasn’t detailed during the keynote was an app that the company claims makes it easy for you to switch from Android to iOS.
Appropriately dubbed Move to iOS, the app wirelessly and securely transfers your “contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books,” the company says. Read more »
Apple released several rather interesting numbers about the performance of its iOS app store. The latter has now reached the 100 billion app downloads mark.
Furthermore, the Apple App Store now offers more than 1.5 million applications to choose from. Read more »
Apple’s “one more thing…” moment at today’s developer conference was all about its much rumored music streaming service. It’s called Apple Music, and it has finally been made official. Apple Music is an on demand streaming offering, but it also comes with Beats One, a live radio station that’s being broadcast worldwide 24/7 from three cities – New York, Los Angeles, and London.
Apple Music features Connect, which is a way for artists to upload music, videos, and photos directly to their fans. This is supposed to make Apple Music stand out from its competitors by creating a more direct connection between artists and listeners, just like the name “Connect” implies. And through Connect, you can ‘follow’ artists a la Twitter, to be notified when they post new things. Read more »
Best Buy is currently running a trade-in promotion where you can trade in a working iPhone 5 for a gift card which can be used to purchase an iPhone 6 for just $1.
It’s worth mentioning that the offer only applies to the 16GB version of the Apple device, and is for a limited time only – valid till June 20. Also, you need to sign a 2-year agreement with Verizon Wireless or Sprint to take advantage of it. Read more »
Here are some of the best apps and games that came out this week. Read more »
Remember those sniper missions in some of the action games? Now imagine doing that for the entire game. That’s essentially Hitman: Sniper in a nutshell. The game features Agent 47 perched atop a vantage point raining hell down on bad guys with his high powered sniper rifle.
Like Hitman Go before, Hitman: Sniper is made from the grounds up for the mobile platform and it shows. The game is now available on iOS and Android for $4.99. Let’s take a look. Read more »
Apple finally allowed the Pebble Time smartwatch iOS companion app to make its way to the App Store. Pebble delivered the good news via its weekly Kickstarter update.
Yesterday, Pebble blamed the Cupertino giant took a while with its app review process despite its request for an expedited procedure. Read more »
Facebook has started rolling out a new feature that allows you to send locations as messages using the company’s Messenger app. “Now you can choose to explicitly send a map of your location or another particular place as a separate message,” the company said.
To use the feature, just tap the More icon or the location pin present the bottom of the app’s window, and you can share your (or any) location with the one you’re chatting with. Read more »
Now that it’s finally available for Android as well, Periscope is getting a new update for iOS. With version 1.1, which is already up for grabs from the iTunes App Store, Twitter’s live video streaming app gains an important new feature.
Namely, Periscope now lets you explore broadcasts from around the world on a zoomable map. Additionally, replays are instantly available, without the need to wait for them to upload after a broadcast finishes. Read more »
Google recently showed off its machine learning skills at Google I/O, but this is likely to blow even Google’s socks off. Presenting Hound, from the people who made SoundHound, the music recognition app. Hound is an app that uses voice search to find you relevant information, just like Siri or Google Now. Just that it’s way, way better at it.
Hound gives you quick search results for all your queries. You don’t have to mollycoddle it with specific queries that won’t fall within its search parameters. We already got that to quite an extent with Siri and Google Now, both of which can understand natural language fairly well, but they can still only deal with one query at a time. Read more »